Girls Hockey: Alexandria battles back to force a tie with Brainerd-Little Falls
Alexandria came back from a 3-1 deficit midway through the third frame, to force a tie against Brainerd-Little Falls.
ALEXANDRIA - With a 3-1 lead with eight minutes to go in Tuesday’s contest against the Alexandria Cardinals girls hockey team, the Brainerd-Little Falls had the momentum.
But with late goals in the third period by sophomore defender Emma Ramstorf and junior forward Sophia Korynta, Alexandria tied the game and forced overtime.
Both teams had their fair share of quality scoring chances, but the put puck remained out of the back of the net and the game finished as a 3-3 tie at the Runestone Community Center.
“Once we scored that first goal, we knew we had to keep that intensity up,” Korynta said. “If we would have had it throughout the whole game, there would have been a different outcome. But we knew that as soon as we scored that goal it was due or die and we had to go.”
Ramstorf scored with 8:40 remaining in the third frame and Korynta scored the game-tying goal with 5:52 left.
“It was pretty perfect just because that’s what we've been talking about and working on that high forward in practice,” Korynta said. “It was just awesome to see it actually put into a game.
Sophomore forward Tayler Treat and senior forward Lauren Maras had assists on the Ramstorf goal. Sophomore forwards Julia Doherty and Cadence Ellingson had assists on the Korynta goal.
Although the season is still very young, overtime is familiar to the Cardinals (1-2-1, 0-1-1 Section 8AA) as they had to come from behind to force overtime in its game on Nov. 15, against Fergus Falls, which it won 3-2.
Alexandria has also had close losses this year, 3-2 in the season-opener against Wayzata and 3-1 against Roseau on Friday, Nov. 18.
“I think this made us realize we can do anything,” Korynta said about Tuesday's tie. “We’ve come back before and this made us realize we have the juice and we could’ve done it. We didn't do it early on in the game, but this just made us notice our potential.”
Things were defensive in the first frame as neither team scored. Alexandria held a 10-3 shot on goal advantage in the period.
Doherty broke the scoreless tie early in the second frame with an unassisted goal.
BLF took control of things in the second with goals by Brianna Finnegan and Molly Pohlkamp. Pohlkamp scored five and a half minutes into the third frame to give BLF a 3-1 lead, which Alexandria went on to erase.
Both teams had 29 shots on goal and both goaltenders, Breya Sawyer for BLF and sophomore Rachael Mohr for Alexandria had 26 saves on the night.
The Cardinals beat the Warriors twice in the 2021-22 regular season but lost 4-3 in the Section 8AA playoffs.
Alexandria has aspirations of making a deep run in the playoffs this season.
“Obviously everyone wants to go to the state tournament, so that's definitely a goal,” Korynta said. “But I think the first thing we need to do is really make sure those team connections to make bonding are happening. Everything needs to work out first as a team before we can even think too far ahead of what's going on before the next game.”
The Cardinals have been at home for all four games so far this season, but they will start hitting the road soon. The Cardinals are on the road for a tilt against Sartell/Sauk Rapids-Rice on Dec. 1 at 7:15 p.m.
Alexandria has road games against Buffalo on Dec. 3 and Fergus Falls on Dec. 6, before returning home to play Willmar on Dec. 8.